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WNBA preseason favorite — Washington Mystics are the 2019 front-runner

[ad_1] 10:34 AM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.Mike Thibault has been at this a long time. He started his WNBA coaching career in 2003 after more than 20 years in coaching, scouting and front-office work in men's professional basketball. He knows that just because things
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Karolina Pliskova powers past Johanna Konta to take Rome title

[ad_1] Karolina Pliskova ended Johanna Konta's hopes of landing a first clay-court title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the Italian Open final in Rome on Sunday.The Czech world No. 7 did not drop a single service game as she secured the third clay-court title of her career and her first in Rome in one hour and 25 minutes.1 RelatedBritish No. 1 Konta struggled to trouble Pliskova on serve as
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OSU football players allege abuse on, off campus

[ad_1] COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An attorney preparing a lawsuit against Ohio State University on behalf of more than 50 former athletes who allege they were sexually abused by a team physician told The Associated Press on Saturday that most of his clients were football players from the Buckeyes' storied program, including some who went on to play in the NFL.Dayton attorney Michael Wright said the abuse happened during required physical
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Who are you calling old? Age is but a number for these senior athletes

[ad_1] Their hair is gray, their skin is wrinkled and they're unlikely to defy the law of gravity for more than a moment at a time. But photographer David Burnett, who has covered 12 Olympic Games, considers them the most inspiring subjects he's captured. "They're in it to prove something to themselves," says Burnett, who crisscrossed the country the past two years to document senior athletes from an array of
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Wings trade MVP runner-up Cambage to Aces

[ad_1] The Dallas Wings have traded Liz Cambage to Las Vegas for Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and the Aces' first two WNBA draft picks in 2020, the teams announced.Cambage finished second behind Breanna Stewart in WNBA MVP balloting last year. The 6-foot-8 Australian said in January that she no longer wanted to play in Dallas. After initially saying she would go only to Los Angeles, Cambage changed her mind and
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New WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert a perfect fit to lead league

[ad_1] 4:24 PM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.The WNBA took seven months to name its new leader, but it was worth the wait. Cathy Engelbert, named Wednesday as the league's new commissioner, brings to the WNBA a highly impressive business background; she has been CEO
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WNBA tabs CEO Engelbert as new commissioner

[ad_1] 12:57 PM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.Cathy Engelbert, who became the first woman to serve as CEO of Deloitte, has been named the new commissioner of the WNBA, it was announced Wednesday.Engelbert is taking over for Lisa Borders, who resigned in October, and will
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Sooners earn top seed in NCAA softball tourney

[ad_1] Oklahoma was unveiled as the No. 1 overall seed in the 2019 NCAA softball tournament when the bracket was revealed on Sunday.The top-ranked Sooners (49-2) bring a 39-game winning streak into the tournament, which is a Division I single-season record and eight wins shy of the 47 consecutive games Arizona won across the 1996 and 1997 seasons.Oklahoma, led by undefeated pitching ace Giselle Juarez (22-0, 1.26 ERA) and Big
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Andrade dethrones Namajunas with slam KO

[ad_1] Jessica Andrade rallied to defeat Rose Namajunas by knockout in the second round Saturday night to become the new UFC women's strawweight champion.The fight was the main event of UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro.Namajunas got off to a fast start and bloodied Andrade was several crisp punches in the first round. Andrade continued her strategy of charging forward, and toward the end of the second round, she picked